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Call It What It Is: Child Sexual Abuse

By Vicki Tidwell Palmer, LCSW, November 10, 2017, Huffington Post

The recent allegations about a 1979 incident involving then 32-year old Alabama Assistant District Attorney Roy Moore illustrate, once again, that we are woefully misinformed and misguided about the reality of childhood sexual abuse and assault.
When an adult—whether a teacher, clergy member, coach, or in this case a prosecutor in a courthouse—initiates a sexual conversation or has sexual contact with a minor child, the incident is child sexual abuse, period.

 

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Cracking the Stonewall on a Nun’s Murder: A Reporter’s Story

By Tom Nugent, The Crime Report

It was the kind of moment that an investigative reporter never forgets.

Harsh accusations were told to WJZ by many of [Father] Maskell’s victims. We have spoken with two of these women, and now a third is coming forward with a real bombshell. She told WJZ she was abused not only by Father Maskell, but also by police officers. . . .

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Commentary: Sex abuse victims struggle to lose pounds put on as protective measure

By James Fell, Chicago Tribune

I recently wrote a Facebook post asking about sexual abuse and the link to obesity. I thought I might get a few messages, but was surprised when more than 150 people — including a few men — shared their stories.

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#MeToo victims’ campaign highlights need to educate parents and protect children from abuse

By Angela Baura, Nov. 7, 2017, South China Morning Post International

The campaign encourages sexual abuse victims to share their experiences and has given millions the courage to open up. We talk to social workers and other experts about the need for communication and to teach parents how to empower their children to reduce the likelihood of it happening to them

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The Conspiracy of Inaction on Sexual Abuse and Harassment

By David Leonhardt, NOV. 5, 2017, The New York Times

I caught the journalism bug in high school. I was fortunate to be a scholarship student at a rigorous New York private school with a weekly newspaper, and some of the older students I admired taught me the power that the written word could have.

When we complained verbally to teachers or administrators about a problem, they could ignore us. When we put our arguments in writing, they tended to pay attention. So we became teenage crusaders, inveighing against perceived injustices. Sometimes, the subjects were sophomoric (“censorship” of the talent show), but often they were serious (inequality, racism, South African divestment).

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#MeToo movement brings women’s voices into open

The social media moment has shown us how many women have experienced sexual harassment, assault or gender bias.

Emily Roll Moore was a young Fairview woman who struggled with life. She had a family, went to school, was a gifted writer and was the fashionista of her family. She was a mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife.

But she also had a past that haunted her, a series of events that she experienced in elementary school in upstate New York, that colored her days and nights.

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Sex Assault Scandals Opening Up Conversations In Minnesota

By Jennifer Mayerle, November 3, 2017, CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The difficult and often secret topic of sexual harassment and assault has been cast into the spotlight following claims against Hollywood heavy hitters.

It’s started a conversation in the Twin Cities.

“What is appropriate? Where are the lines when it comes to a power situation?” Teresa Thomas, director of Women in Networking, said.

Thomas says many members of WIN have experienced some type of sexual harassment or assault in the workplace.

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The truth about the 'celibate' priests who father children - and then abandon them

At the age of 12, Sarah Thomas found out that the father she had never known was a Roman Catholic priest.

"I’d been told he was a lecturer, but being quite inquisitive I’d always suspected there was information I hadn’t been given," she says. "My mother had been too fearful to tell me the truth."

Her situation may sound unusual, but there is a global community of people who have been confronted with the fact that their 'missing' fathers were in fact priests who had taken a vow to remain celibate, while secretly fathering children they would never acknowledge.

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Kevin Spacey Rebuked for Coming Out Amid Sexual Abuse Allegations

By Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News

Kevin Spacey's apology to Broadway veteran Anthony Rapp for alleged unwanted sexual advances earned sharp backlash on social media from critics who said the actor not only chose the wrong time to come out as gay but conflated homosexuality and sexual misconduct of a minor.

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Breanna Stewart Finds Outpouring Of Support After Opening Up About Abuse

By Paul Doyle, Hartford Courant

In 1,663 words, Breanna Stewart revealed the most personal of stories.

Stewart's piece on The Players' Tribune recounted her experience as a childhood sexual abuse survivor. It's a deeply personal essay which Stewart hopes will inspire others to tell their stories.

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